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Christopher Peter Sims OBE, QPM is the former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (WMP),[3] England's second largest and the United Kingdom's third largest police force.

Chris Sims

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.jpg
Chief Constable of West Midlands Police
In office
1 June 2009[1] – 31 December 2015[2]
DeputyDave Thompson
Preceded bySir Paul Scott-Lee QPM
Succeeded byDave Thompson
Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police
In office
Personal details
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford
University of Warwick
AwardsOBE, QPM


Police careerEdit

Sims began his policing career in 1980 with the Metropolitan Police force, rising to the rank of chief inspector.[1]

He moved to Staffordshire Police in 1994 on promotion to superintendent. He worked in the professional standards unit, helped establish the performance development team, worked in CID at headquarters and spent a short time as divisional commander at Wombourne before taking up the role of divisional commander at Hanley.[1]

He left Staffordshire in March 1999 to take up the role of Assistant Chief Constable for West Midlands Police. Sims was later appointed Deputy Chief Constable – a post he held for three years. During his time with West Midlands Police, Sims was seconded to Nottinghamshire Police to act as a strategic advisor.[1]

Before taking up his previous role as Chief Constable of Staffordshire in September 2007, Sims was the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policing Policy and Practice at the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) based in London. He was responsible for research and evaluation, doctrine development and implementation and portfolio management.[1]

Sims took up new responsibilities as Chief Constable of West Midlands Police on 1 June 2009, and is paid a salary of £172,000 a year.[3]

He retired as Chief Constable of the force on 31 December 2015 and was replaced by Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson.[4]

Sims was awarded an OBE for services to the police in the 2003 New Years Honours[5] and a Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

A graduate of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Sims also achieved an MBA from Warwick University.[1] Sims has three children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "". West Midlands Police. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Leading West Midlands Police a "fantastic privilege" - Chris Sims". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "New West Midlands Police Chief named as Chris Sims". Birmingham Post. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Leading West Midlands Police a "fantastic privilege" - Chris Sims". Birmingham Mail. Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ "". BBC News. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ "". The Telegraph. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2012.

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